Eating BBQ Makes You Smart

eating BBQ makes you smart

Eating BBQ makes you smart. No, I did not say it makes you a smart ass but it may contribute to that condition. Just read on to understand my point.

Barbecue dates back to the original way we cooked food in the beginning. Dig a hole, put some wood in the hole and set it on fire. Let the fire burn till you have coals that generate a lot of Continue reading “Eating BBQ Makes You Smart”

Smoking, Sous Vide and Searing for the Ultimate Barbecue Experience

sous vide barbecue

When I was young I always had a craving for barbecue. Meat cooked outside on a grill or smoker always tasted better than anything cooked in an oven or on a cooktop. As I tried to understand what I realized is the following. The combination of smoke, low and slow cooking and the unique texture that an open flame has on the outside of the meat actually changes the flavor and texture of the meat. That is what we call the sear. If you look at the steps of how a pitmaster cooks ribs versus how someone in a kitchen does it here are the  Continue reading “Smoking, Sous Vide and Searing for the Ultimate Barbecue Experience”

Know Your Meat Temperature and be Happy

meat temperature

Why do I need to know?

So you got that new grill and the wife wants you to cook a couple of whole chickens. As you put the chickens on the grill you find yourself asking when am I going to know when they’re done? Well, that’s why you need to know your Continue reading “Know Your Meat Temperature and be Happy”

Indirect Cooking on a Gas Grill

indirect cooking

So you have that new gas grill and you want to cook ribs or a whole chicken. Well before you turn on that grill here is the golden rule of grilling.

If you are cooking something longer than 20 minutes then you need to use indirect cooking.

So, what is indirect cooking? Best way to explain it is to understand direct cooking. Direct cooking is making a fire and then putting the food directly over the fire. A good example is cooking on top of your range. Turn on the burner and then put a Continue reading “Indirect Cooking on a Gas Grill”

BBQ Basics

Well, you would not surf without a surfboard or sky-drive without a parachute so it is going to be hard to Barbecue without the right equipment. Many start off with a cheap grill from Walmart (nothing against Walmart, I shop there weekly) and then wonder why their food comes out either raw, burnt to a crisp or both. Some of my first chicken thighs I cooked had skin that was so burnt it Continue reading “BBQ Basics”